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Aeolian Islands, Sicily Italy
Incredible, Ragusa - Sicily

Sicily & The Incredible Aeolian Islands Back

  • Tour Code : TUR-01377
  • Type : Small Group
  • Duration : 8 days
  • Departs from : Palermo
  • Meeting Place : Hotel

Description

Escape to Sicily for eight days of beauty, cuisine, and history. Begin in Palermo to meet our tour-leader for a sumptuous Italian welcome dinner. Over the course of this tour, main highlights include Palermo Monreale, Marsala, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Ragusa, Lipari, Stromboli, Salina and many other extraordinary towns and will complete your Tour with a fabulous farewell breakfast. You’ll treasure the time spent exploring Sicily’s famous sights and stunning scenery.
 
 

Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Independent arrival in Palermo

Where we visit : Palermo
Meeting Location : Hotel

Arrive independently to the hotel in the charming city of Palermo (optional private transfer on request). In the evening meet our tour-leader and your travel companions and enjoy welcome dinner.

Overnight in hotel.

Meals : Dinner
 

Day 2 - Palermo - Monreale - Marsala

Where we visit : Palermo, Monreale, Marsala
After breakfast in hotel, the morning will be spent visiting the capital of Sicily Palermo, one of the richest towns in the island for its history and art. Palermo stands on a bay at the foot of Mt Pellegrino, a headland described by Goethe as the loveliest he had ever seen. While the Baroque predominates, there is a profusion of different architectural styles reflecting the city’s multicultural past, including an elegant opera house. We will visit the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral, the astonishing Martorana Church and the amazing Cappella Palatina, mirable example from an historical and an artistic point of view, of how different cultures, religions and way of thinking apparently incompatible can coexist. Ruggero II in fact employed both Bizantyne, Muslim and Latin workers. Continuing our walk we will admire the debated fountain in Pretoria Square, situated in the ancient Kalsa area and adorned with XVI century sculptures. Along the visiting day we will have a stop for a food surprise in the famous Antica Focacceria San Francesco.

Free time for lunch.

Later on we will proceed to Monreale to visit its huge Norman Cathedral, proclaimed the Eighth Wonder of the World, and its splendid Cloister in Arab -Norman style: admirable masterpiece of art, sculpture, and semi-precious stones marquetry! In the afternoon we will continue to Marsala in whose port Garibaldi landed in 1860. Visit of a prestigious wine cellar and wine tasting.

Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 3 - Marsala Salt Road - Selinunte - Agrigento

Where we visit : Agrigento
This morning the tour will continue along the charming and well-known Salt Road: the west coast of Sicily with many salt marshes, which have given rise to one of the oldest salt-extracting industries in the world. Between Trapani and Marsala they are now protected, in part because of the interesting birdlife, and also as important sites of industrial archaelogy. On the way you will see the nice Island of Mothia (situated at the centre of a large lagoon in Marsala, known today as 'Stagnone'), and the famous Salt Pans and windmills. Departure to Selinunte to visit the largest Archaeological Park in whole Mediterranean and World Heritage Site. Surrounded by a splendid landscape near the African Sea, we will walk among the rests of the ancient Greek city.

Free time for lunch.

Transfer to Agrigento and visit of the Valley of the Temples stated World Heritage Site, where among hundreds of almond trees, the rests of the ancient Akragas rise. It was defined by Pyndar “the most beautiful city of mortals”. Once one of the most prosperous of the ancient Greek cities on the island, Agrigento presents a remarkable series of Doric Temples of the 5th century. You will see the “Temple of Hera”, the “Temple of Concordia” and the “Temple of Heracles”.

Accommodation in hotel, dinner and overnight. 
Meals : Dinner
 

Day 4 - Piazza Armerina - Ragusa

Where we visit : Piazza Armerina, Ragusa
Proceeding on we will reach Piazza Armerina where we will admire the splendid polychrome mosaics of the famous Villa Romana del Casale, World Heritage Site. The complex, which has some of the most extensive and most beautiful Roman mosaics known, is a World Heritage Site. This majestic villa, belonged to a member of the Roman Senatorial aristocracy, hosts prestigious mosaics representing mythological and historical episodes and scenes of hunting and entertainments.

After free time for lunch, departure to Ragusa Ibla and visit of its historical centre cradle of Sicilian baroque, with its Cathedral, situated in the beautiful square of the Dome and the “giardino Ibleo”. Used as a location of the extremely popular Police Inspector Montalbano Tv series, it is today stated among the 44 Italian World Heritage Sites. This little precious ancient city, well known thanks to the Commissario Montalbano television series, hosts more than 50 churches and many baroque architectural treasures. We’ll conclude the visiting day with a tasting of local products.

Proceed to Catania for dinner and overnight in hotel. 
Meals : Dinner
 

Day 5 - Catania – Lipar

Where we visit : Catania, Lipari
Our tour continues with the Aeolian Islands. Breakfast in the hotel and private transfer to Milazzo. Boarding on the hydrofoil for Lipari island.

Arrival at the port and transfer to the hotel.

Free evening. Dinner and overnight in the hotel. 
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 6 - Panarea - Stromboli

Where we visit : Stromboli
Breakfast in the hotel and departure from the port of Lipari for the full day excursion Panarea & Stromboli. Before leaving Lipari, stop at Cave of pumice to enjoy an unforgettable swim. Continue then to Panarea, to visit the beautiful bay of Calajunco, above which lies the prehistoric village of Cape Milazzese, and stay in the adjacent Zimmari for another swim. Then, the tour leaves for a scenic ride between the Isolotti, visiting the Cave of Lovers, to reach the harbour.

Here you can have lunch, take a stroll through the elegant streets, visit the prehistoric village and have a nice swim.

In the afternoon we will continue to Stromboli. You will stop to admire Ginostra a small fishing village, timeless, then continue to see the Sciara del Fuoco, a steep slope with lava rivers and Strombolicchio, a gigantic rock.

Once on the island, free dinner and stroll around shops, or the beautiful gardens and take a swim in the blue cobalt sea.
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 7 - Lipari - Salina

Where we visit : Lipari, Salina
Breakfast in the hotel and a full day dedicated to discovering the most beautiful coves of Lipari and Salina. After leaving the Castle of Lipari, the Monte Rosa and Canneto make your first stop at the mine pumice for a bath. Broken wander Acquacalda and you drive to Salina. After having skirted the eastern side you will stop for a second bath in the beautiful bay of Pollara, made famous by the movie Massimo Troisi in "Il Postino" and then set off for Rinella, where we prepared a tasting Malvasia. You will then call at Lingua, a small fishing village, where in addition to delightful restaurants and swimming coves where you can visit the salt lake which gave name to this island. There will also be able to see St. M. Salina is located a few kilometers away.

On the way back visit the most beautiful caves of Lipari and we will do the last bath in the beach of Vinci, in front of Le Corbusier.

Dinner and overnight in the hotel. 
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 8 - Lipari - Milazzo - End of Tour

Where we visit : Lipari
Breakfast in the hotel, appointment to the port for hydrofoil boarding directed to Milazzo and end of our services. 
Meals : Breakfast

Map

 

Inclusions/Exclusions

Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. Accommodation in Centrally Located, Four Star Hotels
  2. Sightseeing tours as indicated in the itinerary
  3. Multilingual Tour leader and professional travel guide (English, Italian or Spanish)
  4. High class buses or 25/28 seats Gran Confort minibuses
  5. Accommodation in charming 4 stars hotels mostly located in the city centre of the main Sicilian towns
  6. Visit of the main suggestive Unesco World Heritage Sites
  7. Tasting of Sicilian typical products
  8. Half board treatment, beverages not included (packed lunch instead of dinner, during Panarea and Stromboli excursion)
  9. Private transfer Catania Hotel - Milazzo Port
  10. Transfer Lipari Port – Lipari Hotel
  11. Hydrofoil go and back Milazzo - Lipari - Milazzo
  12. 1 excursion in group Lipari – Salina (10am / 5pm) or similar
  13. 1 excursion in group Panarea & Stromboli (10am / 10pm) or similar
  14. City taxes Aeolian Islands

What's Not Included

  1. Transfers to or from the hotels on arrival or departure days
  2. Aeolian Islands travel guide
  3. All lunches except the one of the 6th day
  4. Beverages
  5. Entrance fees at monuments/museums: City taxes (where compulsory)
  6. Tips and extras in general
  7. Anything not specified under “The rates include”

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Pricing & Availability

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Hotels

Grand Hotel Federico Palermo

The Grand Hotel Federico II, opens to an elegant foyer that leads into several spacious lounges lovingly furnished. The lounge bar with the adjacent reading room, may offer You relaxed hours choosing between an assorted selection of teas, herbal infusions, and local distilled.

Hotel Baglio Basile

Hotel Baglio Basile is surrounded by pretty vineyards and palm trees, set between Marsala and Mazara del Vallo in western Sicily. It features a modern wellness centre and swimming pools..

Hotel Bougainville

Hotel La Bougainville is a boutique hotel in the heart of Positano. Enjoying a superb location in the picturesque historic center of Positano, only five minutes from the sea. Hotel La Bougainville is a delightful family run establishment where modern technology and contemporary furnishings have been employed so as to offer the utmost in comfort and design.

Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace

The hotels has 100 rooms, all elegantly furnished and equipped white every comfort to ensure a truly unique experience. Ideal for any type of stay, you can choose between different types of rooms: Standard rooms, Superior rooms, Deluxe room and Junior Suite.

Hotel Principe D'Italia

The 4-star hotel Principe di'Italia, in the beautiful setting of South-East Sicily, combines relaxation, wellness and sport for the family, with the largest wellness center in the island. For a stay or a luxury wellness program near the Syracuse sea and the architectural beauties of Val di Noto, it is the ideal place where to spend a relaxing weekend, a holiday with children or a stay dedicated

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